Wellness Classes

Acro Yoga – Ages 18+

Tuesdays 7 – 9pm

Join us for a weekly indoor acro yoga jam! This is not a class, but rather a time for everyone to come together to practice, play, and move. No experience necessary – all levels welcome! Bring a mat, and a friend or two.

Cost: $5 per class
Session: Ongoing
Drop in class

Yoga – Ages 13+

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:45pm

Please join us for a 75-minute Hatha influenced yoga class focusing on strength, flexibility, balance, energy and relaxation. The practice of yoga is about happiness and mindfulness. As we stretch and strengthen we also gain a sense of peace and expansion. Classes are designed for beginners and intermediate practitioners alike. First time yoga students are welcome! Bring your own mat. Class passes available.

Cost: Drop in – $15; Class 2x wk – $90/ month; Class 1x wk – $50/ month
Session: Ongoing
Class Size: Minimum 2, Maximum 20
Meredith Amann
Students know Meredith for her passion for making Yoga accessible and enjoyable for everyone. She encourages students to learn in their personal style, whether it is auditory, visually or kinesthetically. Meredith believes teachers don’t make things happen, they let things happen and it is her goal to create an environment for you to embrace your full potential. Meredith trained at the Himalaya Yoga Valley Institute in Goa, India, a 200/500 hr school recognized by the Yoga Alliance. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Meredith has also trained in restorative Yoga at Kripalu and holds a Pilates certification from Core Pilates in NYC.
Registration not required. Simply show up a few minutes before class. Students should bring a yoga mat to class. For more information visit www.yogaworkflow.com

ZUMBA® Fitness Class – Ages 12+

Saturdays 10:30 – 11:30am

The Zumba® workout program fuses Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind FUN fitness program! The goal is simple: for people to want to work out and to enjoy every minute of it. Zumba® participants achieve long-term benefits by attending the one exciting hour of calorie-burning and body-energizing movements. The routines feature interval-training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Zumba® classes are special in that they add Latin flavor and international zest into an ordinary dance workout class, and anyone can participate-there is no RIGHT way to do the moves.

Information about Zumba® can be found at: www.zumba.com.

Cost: $7/class; $5/class with the purchase of a 5 or 10 class pass.
Session: On-going
Robin Goodrich
Robin Goodrich is a licensed Zumba®, Zumba Gold®, Zumba Step®, and Zumba Kids® & Kids Jr. ® Instructor. She also holds Specialty Training Licenses in Core and Glutes techniques & World Rhythms. She has been leading classes at the CCAC since 2012 and also holds classes at Westwood Town Hall, McKie Recreation Center and regularly subs for instructors at Mercy Healthplex. In the Fall/Winter Season Robin has also brought Zumba® Glow Dance Parties to several locations including the CCAC with great success.

Robin’s one true passion has always been music. Zumba® has become a way to enjoy that music and become fit in the process. She loves to motivate, encourage and promotes a supportive group of participants. Come join the Party!

No registration required. Pay in class. Requires a waiver to be signed. If under 18 waiver must be signed by guardian prior to participation. Wear exercise/comfortable clothes & bring a water bottle. Contact the instructor at karasunaki@hotmail.com

Zumba Fitness® and Zumba Toning® Dance Party– Ages 12+

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

The Zumba® workout program fuses Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind FUN fitness program! The goal is simple: for people to want to work out and to enjoy every minute of it. Zumba® participants achieve long-term benefits by attending the one exciting hour of calorie-burning and body-energizing movements. The routines for this class will feature interval-training sessions with an emphasis on low impact moves, and alternate fast and slow rhythms. Three songs will feature resistance training using 1 lb Zumba hand weights that tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Zumba hand weights will be provided for up to 12 participants. Songs can also be done without weights.

Cost: First Class free; Drop in $7/class; $5/class with the purchase of a 5 or 10-class pass
Session: On-going
More Information: Class will meet 6:30 – 7:30pm through May 25. Beginning June 1, class will meet 6:00 – 7:00pm. Wear comfortable clothes, shoes designed for either court, cross training or aerobic dance (avoid running shoes) and bring a water bottle and plenty of energy! Some people also like to bring a small towel.
Sue Ware
Come enjoy the pure fun of Zumba with me! I have taken part in many styles of aerobic based dance exercise and studies some form of dance (ballet, jazz, modern, belly dancing), but nothing compares to Zumba. I am currently certified by the Aerobic and Fitness Association of American as a group exercise instructor. I am also licensed to teach the following Zumba classes: Basic, Step, Toning and Gold. I have completed additional education in core, glutes, gold toning and pro-skills provided by Zumba. I have an advanced degree in the health industry and a strong personal interest in disease and injury prevention. I believe than a healthy active lifestyle is a vital element of enjoying life!
Pay in class. Instructor can be contacted at sware11@cinci.rr.com.

Pilates – Adults

Mondays, 9:00 – 10:00am, Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30pm, Fridays, 9:00 – 10:00am

Cost: $8 per class, or $60 for a 10 class pass.
Session: On-going
More Information: Monday class will take place from 9:30 – 10:30am until May 30. Beginning June 6, Monday class will take place from 9:00 – 10:00am.
Barbara Sferra
Maintaining a connection between mind, body and form has been a focus throughout Barbara Sferra’s life. She participated in gymnastics from Jr. High School through College. She took her first dance class at the age of 22 and has been dancing ever since. She was introduced to Pilates as a means to strengthen her core and improve her overall movement and well-being. In August 2008, Barbara received her Pilates certification from Pendleton Pilates, where she currently teaches Group and Private Reformer Classes, Mat Classes, and Initial Consultations. Professionally, Barbara has a background in Employee Relations and Training, and currently gives back to the community through various volunteer activities.
Send an email to classes@cliftonculturalarts.org and put “Pilates” in the subject line. Please plan to bring a mat to class.

Nia Technique – Adults

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:00pm

The Nia technique is an expressive body-mind movement and fitness program incorporating dance, martial arts and healing arts, including yoga. It is a cardiovascular program that uses whole-body, expressive, grounded movement. Nia is adaptable to most levels of fitness, age and body types.

Read Cincy Chic article about Nia classes at CCAC.

Cost: $10/class for a single class, $80 for a 10 class pass, $140 for a 20 class pass, $6 per class for students (with a valid student ID) and seniors (over 65 years)
Session: On-going
More Information: Beginning the week of September 7, Nia Technique will meet on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The Tuesday class is taught by Uma Sivaprasad, and the Thursday class is taught by Mary Singler.

Uma Sivaprasad
I discovered Nia in 2003 during my quest for an exercise program that I would stick to for more that three months – six years later, I still love every minute of the magic that is Nia. As a scientist by day, I find that Nia helps balance out my logical and practical side with this creative, expressive, and therapeutic movement form that leaves me feeling energized, centered and happy. I completed my white belt in 2009 and now look forward to sharing the joy of Nia with my students.

Mary Singler
Mary Singler is a certified blue belt Nia instructor, a registered Yoga teacher (RYT), and a certified fitness instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine. Mary has taught in many realms of mind and body fitness for 20 years. She holds a master’s degree in health promotion with a focus in cardio-respiratory fitness. Mary spent years in martial arts and other realms of movement but dance has always been her one true love.

Send an email to niaclifton@gmail.com and put “CCAC NIA Class” in the subject line.
For more information on Nia visit the Kula website.

Tai Chi Chuan – Adults

Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30pm, Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00am

Tai Chi is the slow meditative Chinese martial art practiced to promote health, balance, mental calm and clarity. Come and join us to learn and practice this profound and wonderful art. No previous experience is necessary.

Cost: The sessions are offered free of charge, except that a donation to the CCAC, of any amount, will be greatly appreciated.
Session: On-going
Tuesday evening class taught by Uri Sella. Friday morning class (Tai Chi and a lively discussion of Daoism) taught by Michael Porte.

Uri Sella
The Tuesday evening sessions will be led by Uri Sella, a resident of Clifton, as a service to the community. Uri has been a serious and dedicated Tai Chi practitioner for the past 15 years, most recently as a student of Master Mok Lau. Uri has taught Tai Chi classes in Israel and in Cincinnati.

Michael Porte
Dr. Michael Porte, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus as the University of Cincinnati and an adjunct instructor of tai chi at Cincinnati State. He is certified by Dr. Paul Lam to teach tai chi for arthritis, and seated tai chi and fall prevention.

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm
Drop in class – feel free to come any Tuesday evening. Suggested minimum donation of at least $5 per class.

Fridays 10:00-11:00am
Send an email to marymac1@fuse.net and put “Tai Chi” in the subject line. The charge is a contribution to the CCAC of $35 for 12 weeks of classes.

The Motivation Academy: Step Team and Personal Growth Experience – Ages 7 – 15

Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00pm

This class teaches the choreography related to the art of Stepping, which originated from African Dance. Participants will formulate a Step Team and present their Step Show at a final performance. Participants will incorporate a small segment of modern dance into the routine. The remainder of the Step Show routine will be sounds and stomps made with the body. Performance outfits and props will be created and used in the final performance.

Participants will also experience a confidential Personal Growth Session with each Step Team practice. It should be noted that these sessions are NOT Group Therapy sessions, although they will be led by a Licensed Professional Counselor. Personal topics will include, Healthy Eating, How to Better Handle Stress, How to Multitask and Prioritize, Happiness, Personal Hygiene, The importance of Sleep, How to Approach Cyber-bullying and Self Care Ideas, to name a few. Participants are welcome to discuss as much or as little as they feel comfortable. Small activities will accompany the Personal Growth Sessions

Cost: $105/child for 4-week session; $285/child for 11-week summer camp
Instructor: Dr. Patrice C. McCarter, LPCC, PC-S
Session: May Sampler: 4 weeks (May 4 – 25); Summer Camp: 11 week session (June 8 – August 20)
Class Size: 12 students maximum per session
More Information: Time for Summer Camp session TBA
Dr. Patrice C. McCarter, LPCC, PC-S
Dr. McCarter has participated on an award winning Step Team with her sorority in previous years. She truly enjoys and appreciates the arts of Stepping and performance. Dr. McCarter has served the Mental Health Community as a Crisis Therapist for children and families for 10 years. Dr. McCarter is a Regional Academic Director and Associate Professor at Lindsey Wilson College’s School of Professional Counseling. Dr. McCarter also serves as Faculty for the Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Program at Lindsey Wilson College. She has conducted research and specializes in the field of Prevention and Mental Illness.
Call Dr. McCarter at (513) 317-4984 to begin registration over the phone. Registration will be completed at first session.

Supreme Science and Classical Qigong – Ages 18+

1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, beginning September 3rd, 7:15 – 8:15pm

Qigong is a health practice that improves blood flow, energy levels, and reduces stress. It has been medically shown to increase immune response in cancer patients, and improve blood flow in diabetics. This form of qigong is also used to help wounded warriors cope with PTSD, and to reduce withdrawal symptoms in addiction recovery clinics. Qigong is a system of exercise that can be done by any age group, and has also reduced geriatric falls by 40 percent in clinical environments, and it’s FUN! In a 45-miunute session, a participant burns as many calories as if they had briskly walked 4 miles! This is due to the way the exercise increases peripheral blood flow, which is a no-impact exercise!

If you want to live to 100, practice Qigong. -Dr. Oz

Cost: $10 per class
Instructor: Roy MacDonald, RN
Session: 10 weeks
Class Size: 5 – 18 students
More Information: Visit www.qigong.com to learn more about Qigong, and www.qigongreview.com for instructor experiences and full biography.
Roy MacDonald, RN
Roy MacDonald RN is Supreme Science Level 3 Certified nationally. He has competed internationally in Karate representing the United States, placing in tournaments in which over 60 countries were represented (Konishi cup Australia, Anaheim International among them). After serving in the armed forces, he transitioned into internal arts to help cope with his own PTSD, eventually becoming an instructor so that he could help others with the art he has come to love. He also teaches privately, and is excited to have the opportunity to provide qigong to more of the community locally.
Please send an email to classes@cliftonculturalarts.org with “Qigong Class” in the subject line.

Pilates for Adults – Adults

Sundays 12:00 – 12:50pm

A holistic body practice, Pilates will offer both strength training exercises and those that increase flexibility. We will start with the fundamentals, each class building with more advance exercises with time. Core strength is emphasized throughout the entire practice.

Cost: $72 for 6-week session
Spring Session: Apr. 3, 10, 17, (no class on Apr. 24), classes return May 1, 8, 15. (registration deadline, Mon., Mar 28)
Summer Session: June 20 – Jul. 31 (registration deadline, Mon. June 13)
Class Size: Must have 6 students registered to run the class.
Instructor: MamLuft&Co. Dance
More Information: There are no refunds for missed days after-the-fact.  We love small classes! However, classes must have a minimum registration of at least 6 students to proceed; otherwise, the courses will be canceled. Please monitor your email and text messages for cancelation notices.  If 6 registrants are met, “drop-ins” will be allowed at an up-charge of $15 each class. Please DO NOT drop-in without checking with us first to make sure minimum registration was met! You may call or text 513.494.6526 or email dance@mamluftcodance.org. For full class policies, visit http://mamluftcodance.org/classpolicies/#adult
MamLuft&Co. Dance
MamLuft&Co. Dance is a non-profit, resident modern dance company based in Cincinnati, Ohio and founded in 2007. The organization is in its eighth season (in 2014-2015) of working to bring more Modern Dance (and a better understanding of it) to more people in innovative and palpable ways. Its performer-collaborators—who are originally from Texas, Tennessee, New Jersey, Nebraska, Virginia, New York, and of course, Ohio—create modern dance performances, education, and outreach.